The University Learning Center (ULC) offers services by appointment and on a walk-in basis. We recommend that you book your session at least a week in advance, as we are often full during the current week. If there are no available appointments on a day or at a time that you need, we encourage you to try for a walk-in session, as last-minute cancellations are common. Tutoring sessions start on the hour and are 50 minutes long. See Policies and Procedures for more details.
Writers at all levels of skill can benefit from the ULC's individual tutoring services. Students can work with tutors on any phase of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to developing an outline or rough draft to revising and editing. Students are encouraged to meet with a tutor early in the writing process. In addition to offering general writing tutors, the ULC has ESL specialists who can assist students whose first language is not English. (See ESL Services, below, for information about help with speech or pronunciation.)
Students who want to work on their writing on a regular basis can arrange standing weekly or biweekly appointments with the same tutor. To set up a weekly appointment, contact us by email, call 212.229.5121, or stop by the office at 71 Fifth Avenue, 9th floor.
Students with a particularly lengthy or challenging piece of writing can schedule up to two (2) two-hour appointments per semester. To request a two-hour appointment, contact us by email, call 212.229.5121, or stop by the office at 71 Fifth Avenue, 9th floor. Please note that two-hour Skype appointments are available, but only for students enrolled in online programs.
The ULC offers Skype tutoring to online students and those who are otherwise unable to come to the center in person. To request a Skype appointment, send us an email with your availability and Skype username, and we'll get back you to with a confirmation. Skype appointments cannot be scheduled via Starfish.
You must email your paper and, if possible, assignment sheet no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the session. At the appointed time, the ULC tutor will contact you at the username provided. Note: Skype tutoring is available only for writing, not for speech or mathematics.
Whether you are taking a mathematics course like calculus or statistics or a course that incorporates some math, ULC math tutors can provide assistance to meet your needs. To make an appointment, log in to StarfishCONNECT™ (see instructions on our home page) and choose Learning Center—Math (on the second Services page). For more information, go to Math Support Services.
The ULC has ESL-certified tutors who can provide help with writing, reading, speaking, and pronunciation. To make a tutoring appointment, log in to StarfishCONNECT™ (see instructions on our home page) and choose Learning Center—ESL. The ULC also hosts English conversation groups (PDF) every week when classes are in session. There is no need to reserve a place; just drop in. For more information, go to ESL Services.
Graduate Student Services
The ULC offers graduate-level tutoring to students in master's and PhD programs. Tutors are themselves advanced PhD students. They help students working on research papers, thesis and dissertation proposals, and papers for publication. To make an appointment, log in to Starfish (see instructions on our home page) and choose Learning Center—Graduate Writing.
The University Learning Center is a program of the Office of the Provost.